HOUSTON – NASA and prime contractor Lockheed Martin have completed the installation of ablative Avcoat heat shielding on the Orion crew capsule, a milestone in preparation for Exploration Flight Test-1. EFT-1, the first unpiloted test flight of the capsule, is tentatively set for Dec. 4 from Cape Canaveral atop at Delta IV Heavy. The two-orbit test flight will reach an altitude of 3,600 mi. before a Pacific Ocean re-entry. Re-entry velocities of 20,000 mph will produce temperatures of ...
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